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Senior Policy Analyst- Center on Education & Skills

Location: Washington, DC

Department: Education Policy Program

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

New America is seeking a senior policy analyst with experience in federal and state education and workforce development policy. The senior policy analyst will work on several projects under New America's Center on Education & Skills (CESNA).

New America is a public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States. New America’s Education Policy Program uses original research and policy analysis to solve the nation’s critical education problems, serving as a trusted source of objective analysis and innovative ideas for policymakers, educators, and the public at large. CESNA is housed within the Education Policy Program and is dedicated to broadening the array of high quality educational options for students of all ages, including through greater access to apprenticeship and work-based learning opportunities.

The senior policy analyst will lead research on federal, state, and municipal policies that shape access to apprenticeship and other high quality work-based learning opportunities, identifying opportunities for reform and systems-building. Additionally, the senior policy analyst will help effectively communicate ideas to policymakers, educators, the media, and other key audiences, including through writing compelling policy papers and holding public events. This position reports to the Director of the Center on Education & Skills.

Responsibilities:

  • Research and report on a wide array of policy issues related to the intersection between postsecondary education and skills development, with special emphasis on apprenticeship and career and technical education.   
  • Gather and use evidence of effective programs to develop new policy proposals and recommendations.
  • Author policy briefs, reports, and other documents for the general public, policymakers, the media, and other stakeholders.
  • Convene stakeholders at the federal, state, and local level to explore opportunities and challenges to expanding apprenticeship and other alternative education pathways. 
  • Contribute content to New America’s education blog and digital magazine.
  • Be a public representative for new America in external events, including panels, conferences, and symposia.
  • Develop relationships with other organizations and experts working on similar issues.
  • Develop, pitch, and execute original project ideas. Some of this work will be individual, and some will involve managing the work of a team.

Qualifications:

  • At least five years of education or workforce development policy experience required. Experience working with state and/or city governments a plus. 
  • Knowledge of apprenticeship and career and technical education policy and practice preferred.
  • Knowledge of federal and state higher education policy a plus.
  • Experience conducting research and analyzing quantitative and qualitative information for policy development.
  • Strong writing and editing skills—candidates should be able to communicate ideas clearly and concisely for public audiences.
  • Excellent organizational skills—candidates should have the ability to prioritize work and manage time on multiple projects and tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills a plus, including knowledge of higher education data sources, comfort with using statistical analysis software, and knowledge of appropriate methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively—candidates should be self-motivated, but also enthusiastic team players open to feedback and collaboration.
  • A desire and ability to identify and secure funding for projects.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Curiosity, eagerness, and ability to develop new knowledge and skills.
  • Inclined to think independently and challenge conventional wisdom in education policy.
  • Minimal travel required.

Application Process:

Submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample (up to 6 pages) by January 15, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Salary commensurate with experience; excellent benefits.

No phone calls or emails, please. 

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